Community Commitment


Our Commitment to
the Community

16 TECH COMMUNITY CORPORATION’S DEI COMMITMENT:

We strive to be a diverse team and board that engages and shares power and space with District tenants and neighbors. We hold ourselves accountable to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into how we work, communicate, hire, partner, strategize and relate.

Because of historical practices, we are intentional about inclusive opportunities for communities of color and across socio-economic classes.

Communities have been excluded from economic opportunities and resources like those in the 16 Tech Innovation District. Our engagement with our nearby neighbors started in 2015 before 16 Tech Community Corporation was formed, and is embedded in our mission and vision.

We know that by engaging diverse voices and building meaningful relationships we gain deeper insight that leads to trust.

We understand that we’re part of a neighborhood full of rich history, contemporary culture and powerful assets. We are focused on creating an authentic, welcoming place that not only celebrates the history of the Near West, Near Northwest and Indiana Avenue community, but aligns with its future.


16 TECH COMMUNITY CORPORATION COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

16 Tech is committed to serving, supporting, and working alongside our neighbors in the Near West, Near Northwest and other nearby communities. Since our inception, we’ve worked closely with our neighborhood and community partners. We’re focused on contributing to sustainable, equitable economic growth that includes our neighbors—especially those who have been a part of the communities near 16 Tech for generations. Here’s how:

WE MAKE INVESTMENTS.

Through the 16 Tech Community Investment Fund and neighborhood sponsorships, we are investing in resident-supported projects that benefit the quality of life for people who live in the Near West and Near Northwest, including Haughville, Ransom Place, Riverside and nearby neighborhoods. 16 Tech invested $1M in resident-led projects in 2020 including the Tech Lounge at Christamore House, Aspire House and more. Applications for the Community Investment Fund are now live with deadlines this fall.

WE FOSTER ENGAGEMENT.

16 Tech connects and convenes neighbors and district employees to foster meaningful relationships.

WE ELEVATE TALENT.

16 Tech is developing industry and community-based partnerships and programs that will provide job training and educational opportunities for our neighbors, creating access to high-quality job opportunities in 16 Tech and our City.

WE INCLUSIVELY ADVOCATE.

We promote neighbors’ ideas and initiatives to improve equity and preserve neighborhood heritage, culture, affordability and quality of life.

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